Metsӓ Board receives Unilever ‘partner to win’ award in sustainability

Press release 21 May 2012

Metsä Board, Europe’s leading producer of fresh forest fibre cartonboards, has received a ‘Partner to Win’ award in Sustainability from Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods. The award was presented to Metsä Board for its development of lightweight and sustainable boards and their significant contribution to Unilever’s packaging, announced at Unilever’s second annual Partner to Win Supplier Summit held in early May 2012.

“We are delighted with the award and see it as high recognition of the work we have done to develop light weight boards, as well as our progress in many different fields of sustainability across the whole Metsä Group,” says Pasi Piiparinen, SVP, Head of Paperboard, Metsä Board. “Using a lighter weight board can reduce the carbon footprint of a carton significantly. When scaled up across a wide range of fast moving consumer goods products, with global distribution, the potential for reducing environmental impact is quite dramatic.”

Unilever launched the Partner to Win programme in 2011 to work more closely with its key suppliers, ensure faster innovation and invest sustainably throughout its value chain.

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Caption: “Pasi Piiparinen, SVP, Head of Paperboard (left) and Mika Manninen, Sales Director of Metsä Board receive the Unilever Partner to Win award for sustainability.”

For further information, please contact Metsä Board:

Pasi Piiparinen, SVP, Head of Paperboard
Mobile: +358 (0)40 512 2827
E-mail: pasi.piiparinen(at)

Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products are part of people’s everyday life and promote sustainable well-being. Metsä Group produces high-quality products mainly from renewable Nordic wood. The Group’s business areas are tissue and cooking papers, board and paper, pulp, wood products as well as wood supply. Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.3 billion in 2011, and it employs approximately 12,500 people. The Group is present in some 30 countries.

Metsä Board is Europe’s leading producer of fresh forest fibre cartonboards, the world’s leading manufacturer of coated white-top kraftliners, and a major paper supplier. The company’s sales network serves brand owners, carton printers, corrugated packaging manufacturers, printers, merchants and office suppliers.

Metsä Board supports its customers’ businesses by providing high-performance paperboards and quality papers for consumer and retail packaging, graphics and office end-uses. Together with its customers and partners, Metsä Board develops products and services for demanding end uses. The company’s paperboard is mainly used for the packaging of beautycare and healthcare products, foods, cigarettes, and consumer durables as well as graphics. Paper is mainly used for office papers as well as wallcoverings and other speciality end uses.

Metsä Board’s business areas are Paperboard, and Paper and Pulp.

Metsä Board is headquartered in Finland. In 2011, the company’s sales totalled EUR 2.5 billion, and it has approximately 3,800 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. 




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Metsä Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests. The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2017, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.8 billion, and it has approximately 2,350 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.